The Duke University Libraries have undergone a transformation that preserves the best of our tradition and history while introducing new spaces, services, and resources for our community. In the process, we've become one of the most popular destinations on campus. Across the Libraries, students and faculty from multiple disciplines gather to exchange ideas, explore our collections, participate in cultural events, and experiment with innovative tools that enrich teaching and learning.
Thanks to the support of our donors, Duke has built one of the top research library systems in the country. As our prominence and reputation grows, the whole university will benefit. Looking toward the future of academic research libraries, a number of priorities provide exciting giving opportunities, including:
- Lilly Library: One of the oldest and most architecturally significant buildings on Duke's campus, Lilly Library serves more than 1,800 first-year students on East Campus. The building has not been expanded or substantially renovated since it was completed in 1927. Expanding and renovating Lilly is a major priority for the Libraries.
- The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection: Aquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, this collection is a transformative body of material documenting women at work that was carefully assembled over forty-five years by noted bibliophile, activist, and collector Lisa Unger Baskin. Opportunities for supporting the cataloging and aquisition of this work are available.
- Libraries Annual Fund: Unrestricted support gives us the flexibility we need to fund what is needed most at any given time, from establishing crucial initiatives like the Residence Hall Librarian Program for first-year students to creating unique classroom experiences like Archives Alive.
- Adopt a Digital Collection: Storage of our diverse and unique digital collections is a growing need. This initiative provides the opportunity to ensure that some of Duke's most distinctive materials are protected in perpetuity.
- Adopt a Book Program: Support for the conservation of library materials is crucial to keep our collections available for faculty, staff, and scholars. This program provides the opportunity for donors to adopt individual or collections of materials that are in need of preservation work.